The North East Civil Society Network (NECSN) was identified as strategic partner in the fight against illicit SALW. The interface was aimed at fostering collaboration between the NECSN and the Zonal Centre in identifying the proliferation of SALW and to sensitize the Group on the dangers of SALW in the North East zone in order to come up with possible solution to curtail menace of arms proliferation in the region. The partnership was successful as plans have been made for joint sensitization this year across the Zone.
The North East Zonal Centre (NEZC) organized advocacy and sensitization lectures for National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Members for three (3) batches (Batch B Stream II and Batch C Stream I & II) numbering about three thousand seven hundred and fifty (3750). The active partnership, collaboration and strategic engagement with the NYSC was geared towards creating awareness on dangers of proliferation of illicit SALWs in Borno State, North East zone and the country at large. The sensitization lecture has encouraged the NYSC members to actively participate in efforts of the NEZC to combat the menace by creating NYSC Community Development Service (CDS) groups to assist in sensitization. Pictures of the activities are attached below.
The partnership and collaboration with the NANS were aimed at creating awareness for the youths/students on the dangers of proliferation of illicit SALW. The NANS has grassroots public reach out and can be used in awareness/sensitization in the Zone. Pictures of the activities are attached as Appendix 8.
The NEZC collaborated in advocacy/sensitization on the proliferation of SALW and how to curtail the menace with the NYCN. The NYCN network is being harnessed by the Zonal Centre for sensitization at the grassroot level. Pictures of the activities shown below.
The NEZC coordinated a two (2) day meeting that brought together the Focal Group for the Zone in which the Director of Intelligence represented the National Coordinator. The states in the zone were fully represented.